According to a Leaked Goodyear policy, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, MAGA Attire are unacceptable.
A Goodyear employee says the company has put out a new policy that has some calling it not equal for all.
A photo seen circulating on social media shows a slide that was presented during a diversity training showing what’s acceptable and what isn’t acceptable as part of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s zero-tolerance policy.
Under acceptable: Black Lives Matter (BLM), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride.
Listed as unacceptable: Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, MAGA Attire, Political Affiliated Slogans or Material.
According to the employee who took the photo of the slide, it was presented at the Topeka plant by an area manager and says the slide came from their corporate office out of Akron, Ohio.
“If someone wants to wear a BLM shirt in here, then cool. I’m not going to get offended about it. But at the same time, if someone’s not going to be able to wear something that is politically based, even in the farthest stretch of the imagination, that’s discriminatory,” said the employee under the agreement of anonymity due to fears they could lose their job. “If we’re talking about equality, then it needs to be equality. If not, it’s discrimination.”
13 NEWS has reached out to Goodyear about the slide. They did not answer questions when asked if the slide was part of a training from their main office.
“Goodyear is committed to fostering an inclusive and respectful workplace where all of our associates can do their best in a spirit of teamwork. As part of this commitment, we do allow our associates to express their support on racial injustice and other equity issues but ask that they refrain from workplace expressions, verbal or otherwise, in support of political campaigning for any candidate or political party as well as other similar forms of advocacy that fall outside the scope of equity issues.”Melissa Monaco, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning calling for a boycott of the company, prompting the company to release a new statement.
This is outrageous on a number of levels. First of all, “all lives matter” is about as non-political as a slogan gets. Political messages are tribalistic and exclusionary by nature. Someone who affirms that all lives matter is expressly rejecting tribalism and defending the dignity of human life universally. The statement is not only non-political but in fact anti-political.
If “blue lives matter” is political, it is only because one side of the political aisle has decided to define itself by its raw hatred for law enforcement. But that does not make the message inherently divisive. All decent and sane people (a dwindling demographic, to sure) can agree that the lives of police officers matter.
n fact, Goodyear itself once seemed to feel this way. In the past the company has offered discounts to law enforcement officers and other first responders, and even now they brag that they are a “recognized leader” in providing tires for police cars.
What about Black Lives Matter? Well, if Marxism counts as a political ideology — and it does, last I checked — then BLM is an intensely political organization. It is co-founded by a woman who describes herself and her comrades as “trained Marxists” who are “super versed” on “ideological theories.” The “what we believe” section of the BLM website is full of these ideological theories, such as the theory that the “Western-prescribed nuclear family structure” should be “disrupted” and that “cisgender privilege” must be “dismantled.” And BLM has indeed done quite a bit of dismantling over the years. I don’t know if they’ve dismantled cisgender privilege, whatever that is, but they have left entire city blocks in ruins.
Goodyear is certainly not alone. Many of the most powerful corporations in America have endorsed and offered financial support to Black Lives Matter. Of course it is only by virtue of its name that this avowedly Marxist organization, which has been been involved in rioting and looting in cities across the country, has managed to gain such widespread and mainstream acceptance. If BLM had a more accurate name like “Marxists United,” or something similar, I doubt very much that Pepsi and and Goodyear would be lining up behind it.
Be that as it may, corporations that support Marxist organizations, while censoring messages of support for groups like police officers, should face a severe penalty from their customers. Conservatives, myself included, tend to shy away from boycotts. Now is probably time to get over that aversion. Goodyear should not see another dime from us until it has abandoned this policy, apologized for it, and explicitly affirmed the important truth that blue lives, and all lives, do in fact matter.
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